Nancy E. Smith | Obituaries – To the world

Nancy E. Smith, 73, from New Ipswich, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2021 after a long illness.

She was born on January 23, 1948 in Newton, Massachusetts, to Coburn and the late Sarah Ellingwood. She grew up in Wayland, Massachusetts. After school, Nancy became a licensed practical nurse. She spent many years at the Birchwood Rehab Clinic in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. She has spent most of her nursing career caring for the elderly, genuinely devoting herself to those with Alzheimer’s disease. Nancy had a huge impact on her patients and their families.

Her great love for her family and her ability to always put the needs of others before her own is deeply missed. She found great pride and joy in her grandchildren. After she retired, she enjoyed her summers on Bailey Island, Maine and winters in North Myrtle Beach, SC with great joy. Wherever Nancy went, she was sure to take her good heart and sense of humor with her.

She is preceded in death by her mother Sarah Ellingwood. Nancy is survived for 33 years by the love of her life, Roger Toothaker; her father, Coburn Ellingwood; her sons: Brian Smith (Desire Wilson) of Gilbert, Arizona, and Barry (Jennifer) Smith of Westminster, Massachusetts; her stepsons: Jeff (Donna) Toothaker of Ashburnham, Mass., and Jason Toothaker (Teresa Graham) of Winchendon, Mass .; her brother, Coburn Ellingwood II (Pam), of Vergennes, Vt .; her grandchildren: Jackson, Brady, Keller, Delaney, Paige, Dylan, and Miranda; and her nephew Coburn III.

A celebration of life will be held on Bailey Island, Maine at a later date at the family’s discretion. In lieu of flowers, donations to Nancy’s memory can be made to The Gardner Animal Shelter, 899 W. Broadway, Gardner MA 01440; or Alzheimer’s Association at

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